Posts Tagged ‘Facilities’

Every month Athletics Development Frontier chooses a few facility projects being completed across the nation. This month we have chosen Colorado State, which will open two facilities this month, Arizona, which recently announced a 12-project plan and Tennessee, which has begun the second phase of their baseball stadium renovations.

Colorado State University

A webcam shot of the Academic & Training Center

A webcam shot of the Academic & Training Center

The CSU Rams are celebrating the grand opening of two facilities this month, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tours on September 18. One facility, the Academic & Training Center, will house a state-of-the-art weight room in addition to two levels of academic space, complete with a computer lab, tutoring rooms and staff offices.

The Indoor Practice Facility, the second facility, gives CSU student-athletes an opportunity to train throughout the year without the impact of weather. In addition, it also places CSU on the same level as those in the Mountain West Conference by giving their football team a place to practice indoors while expanding space to hold multiple other sports practices at one time. The facility will contain a field, court, training track and a lobby area.

An ariel shot of the Arizona's Athletics Complex

An ariel shot of the Arizona's Athletics Complex

University of Arizona

In an ambitious announcement, the University of Arizona has recently announced a 12-project plan that will require $378 million over the next 20 years. The plan calls for a building in the north end zone of Arizona’s football stadium and an upgrade to the McKale Center, the school’s basketball arena. In addition to these two projects, the school plans on improving the aquatic center, baseball stadium, track and field stadium, soccer field, as well as the softball stadium. This article gives a good breakdown of all the projects and allocation of funds.

In announcing a 12-project plan, the university is preparing to grow and renovate nearly all their sports facilities over the next 20 years. Announcing the all planned projects enables the university to focus on raising support and decreasing the effect of announcing new capital campaigns every year.

University of Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers have recently started the second of four planned expansions with their baseball stadium. This set of renovations allows fans to sit closer to the field in a MVP area with permanent chairback seating. The second phase will also add a new batting cage and improvements to the visitor locker room. The first phase focused primarily on player development, while the third area will include a luxury suite and the fourth will add stands on the left-field line.

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Mississippi State University Mississippi State Logorecently announced their receipt of a $2 million gift to aid in the construction of a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball program. The gift comes from a major supporter of the university, both academically and athletically.

Richard Adkerson has been a long time supporter of the school, having graduated from the school of accountancy and received his MBA. Previously, Adkerson had made a major gift to the College of Business and chaired the MSU Foudation Board of Directors for a 7 year campaign.

Adkerson is a good example of donors from around the country who support athletics. Often times they are also donors on the other side of campus as well. Teamwork with the school’s central foundation is critical in asking for a major gift and MSU has leveraged their already existing relationships with Adkerson to jump-start their practice facility.

MSU will now begin the stewardship process with Adkerson, allowing him access to the facility and helping him see the impact his generosity is having on the sport programs.

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Often during the construction of a new facility, athletics departments will make bricks available for inscription to provide donors with the ability to personalize the new building. It is also a great way for the public support of the program to be commemorated in a permanent location.

Many schools currently offer some type of brick engraving opportunity. However, the pricing on the bricks and location widely vary from school to school. Here are some examples:

Indiana University:
A recently started project, this program offers donors and the general public the opportunity to engrave a brick in Glory Plaza, the entrance to the new North End Zone Facility set to open next week. Most bricks offer three lines of text, with varying levels and sizes, which range between 4×8, 8×8, and 8×8 with an IU logo on the top of the brick. 16 characters are allowed per line, giving participants plenty of room for their personal message. Prices vary between $100 for the 4×8 brick, $300 for the 8×8 brick, and $325 for the 8×8 brick with the IU logo.
northwestern logo
Northwestern University: Similar to Indiana, Northwestern offers a brick engraving option at their Champions Plaza, located atop the south end zone of Ryan Stadium. These bricks, which are the same size options as IU, offer 13 characters per line and donation levels vary widely. The 4×8 brick is $300, 8×8 is $500 and the 8×8 Logo brick is $1,000.

Texas State University: This brick program differs from a couple others in the fact that is offers a wide variety of sizes and inscription levels. The bricks range from the $250 4×8 option with 12 characters per line to the $1,000 8×16 option which allows for up to 28 characters per line. All bricks are placed in front of the south end zone facility.UGA$!logo

University of Georgia: While Northwestern and IU may offer one brick campaign opportunity, the University of Georgia offers four different campaigns in four different places around campus. Here the donors can pick where they would like the bricks engraved, whether it is at fabled Sanford Stadium, the Softball/Soccer complex, or the Men’s and Women’s Tennis center. All sizes are 4×8 and cost $150 to install. Bricks are engraved twice a year in August and Feburary, except at Sanford Stadium, which is done once per year.

These programs are an excellent way for the athletics department to continue to fundraise for facilities once they are built. Donors also enjoy finding their bricks and knowing that they have left their mark on the institution through their charitable gifts.

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PITAs we prepare for the holiday weekend, here is a look at some of the new facilities in progress or just getting off the ground. If you are in the area, use your holiday break to go check them out!

ATLANTA, GA — The Zelnak Center, named after the lead gift providers Steve and Judy Zelnak, is scheduled to open in October on the Georgia Tech Campus. The center, which provides practice facilities for GT’s basketball teams, will connect to Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Zelnak, who it a GT alumnus, serves as the CEO for Martin Marietta Materials in Raleigh, North Carolina. The total cost for the facility is roughly $8 million. Other features of the facility are a 24-seat theater and a 2,500 square foot weight room. Pictures of construction progress are available here.

MADISON, WI — The University of Wisconsin volleyball team will have a new surface to play on this fall. Replacing the sport court in the UW Field House with a natural wood court, UW is conforming to the recent trends of most collegiate volleyball teams, who are returning to wood. With the money saved by not purchasing another sport court, the field house is also getting a facelift with new bleachers added to the project. The athletics department is also generating a little extra cash by selling framed photos of the construction process. For a link to the sale site, click here.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — One of the most well known basketball arenas in college basketball is undergoing renovations in an attempt to modernize its facility. The PIT, as it is known, has frequently been ranked as one of the top places to watch a college basketball game and is an incredible home-court advantage to the Lobos. The renovations can only continue that tradition. New locker rooms, donor lounges, suites, club seats, increased concession stands, along with a comprehensive signage package will all provide a better experience for Lobo fans as well as new opportunities for revenue generation for the department. The renovation is estimated at $60 million to complete. For more information, pictures, and news releases on the PIT, click here.

MIAMI, FL — Florida International University’s new Football Fieldhouse, opening this fall, will be named for R. Kirk Landon, based on his recent $1 million gift. The 50,000 square foot facility will include a 14,000 square foot weight room, new locker room space, coaches offices, a video theater, and an outdoor deck that will double as a suite for football games. Landon, who is a retired CEO of American Bankers Insurance Group, has also made donations to FIU’s School of Business. For more information on the Landon Fieldhouse, click here.

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The University of Maryland is set to up the new Tyser Tower for the Fall football season.

The University of Maryland is set to up the new Tyser Tower for the Fall football season.

Concordia University receives anonymous donation for baseball field

Austin, TX- Concordia University Texas recently received a $1.5 million anonymous gift for the school’s new baseball stadium. The largest gift in the university’s athletics history, the money will be used to help Concordia Athletics continue to build its facilities after a campus relocation that recently took place. Since 2008, the baseball team has been playing in off-campus ball parks.

Georgia receives go ahead on football facility update

Athens, GA- The University of Georgia was granted the approval of a $40 million upgrade to its football facility-the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. The upgrade, which is expected to take 18-24 months, will increase the size of the building as well as create new coaches offices, meeting rooms and a new weight training facility. The overall project will increase the size of the building by 54,000 square feet and enhance the Georgia Football Program.

Maryland Tyser Tower expansion right on time

College Park, MD- The University of Maryland‘s renovation of their football stadium is nearing completion of its first stage of upgrades. The new tower, which is built around the south concourse of the stadium, will now hold 64 luxury suites, additional seating, and more functional areas for the football staff and media. The athletics department is promoting the build through the continual updating of photo galleries and online articles detailing the progress.

The University of West Georgia stadium to open this fall

Carrollton, GA- The University of West Georgia is nearing completion of their brand new football stadium which will be a part of a $34 million, 250-acre athletics complex. The campaign, which is promoted through various avenues, including a link on the front page of the universities main website, will also provide the school with administrative offices, a softball field, a soccer field and two football practice fields. The hope is through the creation of this facility, the university will become a destination for students both academically and athletically.

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The natural grass turf at Razorback Stadium will be replaced this summer 


The natural grass turf at Razorback Stadium will be replaced this summer

DURHAM, NC – Duke University announced on April 20th that they have recently received a total of $10 million in donations towards new football facilities, from two different donors. Bob Pascal, former Duke running back in the 1950s, put forth a massive gift of $6 million which is now the largest individual gift in Duke athletics history.

The donations were made to support the renovation of Duke’s outdoor practice facilities and build a visiting locker room, halftime house and field-house with a full-length practice field. “The University still needs at least $5 million more before it begins construction on the field-house, which will be named after Pascal pending approval from the Board of Trustees, said Tom Coffman, associate athletic director for development and planning.” Construction of the halftime house and visitor locker room has already begun.

For more information on the Duke football facilities, click here or here.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The University of Arkansas athletic department will install a synthetic playing surface in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this year, just in time for the 2009 football season. The funds for the new surface were all raised through private gifts to the Razorback Foundation, and totaled $1.1 million.

Small sections of the old natural grass turf will be available for purchase to those attending the Razorbacks Red-White game on Sunday, May 3. For $10, fans can purchase a nine-inch by nine-inch piece of Razorback history, and take the sod immediately after the game.

For more information on Razorback Stadium changes, click here.

ITHACA, NY – Ithaca College recently received a $4 million donation to push the development of their Athletics and Event Center one step closer to reality. The small New York college has battled through a tough economic recession, fluctuating construction costs, and uncertain fundraising levels to get closer to starting construction.  

With this recent gift, Ithaca finds itself just $7 million shy of the $65.5 million needed to complete the project. Construction will likely begin this spring with the balance of funds to be raised before completion of the project.

For more information on the Ithaca College Athletics and Event Center, click here.

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March 2009 Groundbreaking of Saluki Way

March 2009 Groundbreaking of Saluki Way

ADF will post a periodic listing of updates in the world of college athletic facilities and the fundraising tactics used to bring them to life. This month we take a look at a project that is unique in both size and scope: Saluki Way at Southern Illinois University.

Saluki Way
Back in September of 2005, Southern Illinois University announced an ambitious campus construction project that would change the face of the University and Saluki Athletics. The project is “Saluki Way,” a reorganization and improvement of campus athletic facilities and walkways. The plans call for a complete rebuild and relocation of the Saluki football field, renovation of SIU arena, and a new academic center (among others). The project broke ground last month accompanied by an announcement of a $2 million anonymous donation.

Such a massive undertaking comes with substantial costs as well. The university approved an $83 million fundraising campaign that will include a donation from the city of Carbondale ($20 million through a city tax increase), an increase in student fees ($41.5 million), and private donations.

One unique aspect of this project is the strategy for seeking private capital to fund the project. SIU is utilizing the time and effort of six key volunteer fundraisers to seek out money that is available in the community and university alumni. These representatives include bankers, members of the university alumni association  and local business owners . This approach is effective because each of the volunteers are, potentially, stakeholders in the success of the facilities since athletic events are a stimulant to the Carbondale economy.

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